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Glitterati: Akawelle

Lots of jewelry has stories behind them, but few have one as inspiring as the Akawelle necklace ($75).

When the designer, Lovetta Conto, was only four years old, she and her father fled to a refugee camp from their native Liberia, which was embroiled in a series of brutal civil wars. Now fifteen, Lovetta is the first person to be awarded a Strongheart Fellowship, which aims to create educational and leadership opportunities for young people enduring extreme hardship.

As part of her fellowship, she created the Akawelle necklace. Each one features a leaf charm with LIFE imprinted on it, along with the metal casing of an actual spent bullet from the civil war. "Even after something as terrible as war, new life can begin," Lovetta says of the design. A portion of proceeds benefit Strongheart House, a home and school for other Fellows that will open later this year. Something chic for a good cause? Count me in.

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lulabernie lulabernie 8 years
I think this is excellent! A cause worthy of my support.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
I got goosebumps reading this! So great!
emalove emalove 8 years
It's not exactly my style, but I like the bracelet...and I think it's for a great cause.
areidz areidz 8 years
Definitely a great cause buy. It symbolizes so much, and I like that it's not an overpowering piece of jewelry.
sjtoliver sjtoliver 8 years
amazing that the girl is only fifteen years old. I like the bracelet a lot(I might have to get it!), although I also really like the idea of a 'spent bullet' hanging from the necklace.
ladyortiz ladyortiz 8 years
TACKY NOT MY STYLE,BUT I'll buy it any way its for a good cause.
shopgirl123 shopgirl123 8 years
sry i accidentally clicked post twice
shopgirl123 shopgirl123 8 years
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Love this girl — she's incredibly resilient. And she's got a great eye for design, too!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
awesome. I love hearing how strong these young girls can be. Good for her!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 8 years
A good cause, indeed. Such resolve for a young lady of fifteen. With a current generation so lost it's going to take more and more fifteen year old just like her to pull one another up to make a difference.
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